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Fri, Mar. 13th, 2009, 10:46 am
starcrossedlove: Newbie post!

Hi everyone!

I was just accepted into the Children's Literature/Library Services for Children dual degree program at Simmons!

I have a question about housing and I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction...

My boyfriend was just accepted to the Creative Writing MFA program at Emerson. We were hoping to try to find an apartment together, and we are unsure about what neighborhoods we should be looking into. Can anyone offer some advice, or point me to any posts in the memories that might be helpful. Thank you!

Fri, Mar. 13th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
callmetothejedi

Congratulations to you both! I was accepted into the Library Science program myself. Allston and Brighton are student-friendly neighborhoods, so I would suggest looking there.

Fri, Mar. 13th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
labellabonaroba

Congratulations! What is your budget? While there are some deals to be had in Allston/Brighton, there are a lot of pitfalls to the area. First off, the B line is a major pain, and actually not that close to Simmons, and a good hike to Emerson depending on where his classes are. Secondly, student-friendly means... student-friendly. Tons of annoying, loud students. Yuck.

I recommend looking in Mission Hill. It's a hop skip and a jump to Simmons, and then your boyfriend can take the 39 bus to Hynes and walk over to Emerson, or the E line to the 1 bus if he doesn't want to do any walking whatsoever.

The Fenway area, of course, is an option, but it's not going to come so cheap. But you won't beat it for convenience in terms of getting to school, and it's centrally located to both schools.

And then, if you don't mind being a hair further out, consider Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood that a lot of people are just in love with. And it's super cheap (all things being relative). The 39 bus will take you into JP and goes right near Simmons and into Back Bay.

Wed, Mar. 18th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
starcrossedlove

Thanks! This is super helpful. We're planning on spending up to $1400 on rent. I've heard good things about Mission Hill and JP, and we prefer to stay away from super studenty areas, so we will definitely look there!

Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
versonic

A lot of the people in the library program seem to live in Brookline (where I live now). However, it's a little on the expensive side. It's safe and handy and stuff, though. And pretty. If you're looking for something more laid back and with fewer hippies, you might want to check out Somerville or Cambridge. You get more bang for your buck, but it's a longer commute.

Wed, Mar. 18th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
starcrossedlove

Thank you!

Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
calzone

Definitely check out Jamaica Plain! It's a relatively quick commute, and if you put in a little effort, you can find a pretty affordable place.

Wed, Mar. 18th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
starcrossedlove

Will do! I have been hearing a lot of great things about it.

Tue, May. 12th, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
irishlibrarian

What is your price range?

If you have a smaller budget, I would recommend Somerville. A lot of people really like the Davis Square area. A lot of Simmons students (myself included)live in Brookline, and although its close to Simmons, it can also be super expensive. I would avoid anything off the the B line - the commute will make you want to die, even if the rents are cheaper.